Quade Named Manager

Mike Quade (AP)

CHICAGO – The interim tag was officially removed from Mike Quade's title Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs and manager Quade reached an agreement on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season Tuesday.

Quade, 53, became the 51st manager in franchise history on August 23 following Lou Piniella's retirement the day before. He guided the Cubs to a 24-13 record from August 23 until the end of the season, the second-best record in all of baseball during that span (trailing only the Philadelphia Phillies).

The Cubs had a 17-8 record through 25 games under Quade, the best 25-game start by a Cubs manager in 78 years (Charlie Grimm in 1932). The Cubs had been 5-20 in their 25 games before Quade took over.

Quade had previously served as Piniella's third base coach for nearly four seasons starting in 2007 and was manager at Triple-A Iowa from 2003-06.

In addition to his six-week stint at the big league level this season, Quade has 17 years and 2,378 games of experience as a manager at the minor league level, compiling a career 1,213-1,165 mark (.510 winning percentage). He has served as a major league coach in the American and National Leagues, including three seasons as Oakland's first base coach from 2000-02 and the near four years as third base coach with the Cubs.

Quade has more than 25 years of pro coaching and managing experience, including a pair of minor league manager of the year awards with Double-A Harrisburg in 1991 and Triple-A Ottawa in 1993. As a winter ball manager, Quade led Aguilas Cibaenas to the 1996-97 Dominican Winter League Championship and Caribbean World Series title.

Overall, Quade has served as a manager in the Montreal, Philadelphia, Oakland and Cubs farm systems. He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 22nd round of the 1979 Draft (out of the University of New Orleans) and spent four seasons as an outfielder in Pittsburgh's minor league system (1979-82) before retiring and entering the coaching ranks. He received his first managerial position in 1985 with Single-A Macon.

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